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Coffers has a double meaning - trying to scrape together money from "the coffers" (as I'd just been robbed) and being in a wheezing, sick, lovesick state. It wasn't a great time in my life :-)

In that condition, I accidentally found myself on an internet date.


The mono-myth of male angst lingers
But it didn't help me out
As a teenager it seemed the only thing worth writing about
All else is shallow or solved
And, seeing her, I keep falling apart
On Guardian soulmates to try
But the torch is still held in my hands

If I could just get it together I would
If I could treat you a bit better I would
I'm sorry I sleep in my clothes
And I can't care and I should

If I could clink two coins together I would
I'm losing my job but can just get one drink
I could get an act together
But you're too kind for this thing

Scouring the coffers for coins
To go on a date with someone else
I booked this thing hopefully
While the torch still burns into my hands
And now I'm sinking quite low
As low as I could go, over her
This guy that she's going to meet
is now more a monster than monsieur


from Chines, released October 19, 2019
Everything by Ian Evans except the drum samples (which I found by searching for "copyright free ska beats" and then chopping them up to fit my song.


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